EWC, BOL D'OR (24 HOURS), FRANCE, 18 September 2015

Team Kawasaki SRC gets Bol d'Or pole position

Team Kawasaki SRC confirmed its pole position today after a highly disputed second qualifying session on the Castellet race track. Gilles Stafler’s team seeks revenge, by winning the last race of the season.

Credits: Goodshoot / David Reygondeau

Team Kawasaki SRC set the bar high from the first qualifying session on Friday by clocking the best individual and collective times, with Fabien Forêt lapping in 1'58.294. After a new chassis set up made yesterday evening by the Gilles Stafler team, Fabien managed to secure an even better lap with 1'57.382 while Gregory Leblanc managed 1'58.363 and Matthieu Lagrive 1'59.089.
This similarity and the pace is a good omen for the race, which will start Saturday at 3pm. If Team Kawasaki SRC does not enjoy victory in 2015, we have to remember that they were the winner of the previous Bol d'Or held in April 2014.
The second Kawasaki on the grid is the Swiss Team Bolliger Switzerland. The Kawasaki #8 will start from 9th place on the grid.
Gilles Stafler, team manager
"We really want to win this Bol d'Or to end a difficult season on a positive note. For all the team, our main target is to get a victory after all the misfortunes we had in the previous races".
Gregory Leblanc
“We have nothing to lose for the championship. We are only here to win! We have been the fastest during qualifying, but we also know that we are amongst the fastest on race tyres".
Matthieu Lagrive
“We are fast on track, but the trick during qualifying is to find a clear lap. This is part of Endurance strategy".
Fabien Forêt
“We have studied all the data yesterday and the team found the right chassis set up, and that gave us the chance to improve our pace today. I was able to ride faster by half a second. The pole position is a bonus, because the main thing is to have a bike ready for the race".